Former Israel Defence Forces soldier Avi Yemini reported that “Left wing Antifa groups and Muslim women in burkas gave him the finger and called him a Nazi” outside Milo Yiannopoulos speech. “It felt like I was in the Middle East on the Gaza Strip again where young males were throwing rocks at the police and threatening Milo fans.”
UK Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) Yemini detailed what he claims ‘really went down’ when the controversial commentator’s fans and protesters clashed.
Pictures showed multiple people in the huge crowd throwing punches, being pepper sprayed by police and ripping street signs out of the ground. Two people were arrested and a police officer was injured after being hit by a rock.
Mr Yemini said it was not Yiannopoulos’ supporters who ignited the violence, but it was ‘leftists’ who ‘teamed up with Muslims.’
But then you had a massive crowd surrounding the maybe 50 pro-Milo supporters. You had a massive crowd of hundreds…You had Antifa with their face coverings, you had Muslim women in burkas…throwing their middle fingers up and calling me a Nazi.’
He said Australia is in the middle of a war on ‘freedom of speech’ and that there are ‘no two sides’. Mr Yemini said Yiannopoulos’ supporters in attendance were racially diverse and included a large percentage of Jewish people – not ‘skinhead neo Nazis’.
The event in Lilyfield was heavily guarded by mounted police, officers on bicycles, riot squad, marine police and police vans. The rally became violent as some protesters tried to break through police surrounding the venue.
Fans of Milowere heckled by more than one hundred protesters as they entered the venue, with police having to stand between the two groups.
Four people were arrested for breaching the peace, one for assaulting a police officer, one for affray and one for not complying with direction.
Milo speaks at the Australian Parliament House: